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Wedding Tips and Advice – Here’s 9 Useful Ideas!

Wedding tips and advice for your big day!

You’re getting married… Congratulations! Here’s 9 useful wedding tips and advice collected from industry experts!

Get your engagement ring cleaned

Your ring will be on show in all of your photographs, so you want it to look it’s best!

Get it cleaned before your big day!

Tracey Kelly from TK Jewellery recommends you get your engagement ring cleaned at least 2 weeks prior, as some of the stones can get loose during the cleaning process, therefore they might need tightening.

Create a hashtag!

Create a #HashTag for the event!

Get guests talking about it on social media – allow people to upload their photographs and tag friends and family.

Watch and Observe

While sat at the top table – take a short moment to look around at all your family and friends. It may well be your favourite few moments of the day!

Entertainment

Guests remember your entertainment – give them something to shout about!

Visit Fine Entertainments for various ways to keep your guests entertained.

It’s your big day!

This is probably the most important thing!

It’s your wedding day! You can be kind, but don’t feel like you have to please everyone.

Make it exactly how you want it to be, and enjoy every second!

Best way to pee!

I’ve seen many ideas floating around on this subject, but my top wedding tip for you is to simply turn around!

Photo credit.

Bra’s

Don’t wear a bra the morning of your wedding – it may leave marks which will be visible in photographs!

Song request…

In the RSVP section of your invitations, leave a line where guests can write their favourite song.

They’ll get excited when they hear their song and head straight to the dance floor!

Fragrances

Use a brand new perfume – your memories of the day will become linked with that scent!

When you wear that perfume in the future, your mind will wonder back to the memories of your special day.

How Dangerous is it to Book a Cheap Wedding Magician

Have you already hired a wedding magician? Are you thinking about your wedding entertainment?

Before you continue, I’d like to point out that I do not wish to offend anyone who reads this!

If you’ve already booked your wedding magician, wedding entertainment or in-fact anything for your wedding; then so long as you’ve done your research, I’m sure they’ll be great!

If you’re just starting to look into wedding entertainment ideas, then please take note. Read the top 5 things to look for when you hire a wedding magician.

I’m not saying magicians should be expensive – all I’m trying to say, is price should not be a deciding factor, whoever you decide to book. Cheap magicians give a bad name to the people working hard to build a good reputation for us all.

“I’ve had a cheaper quote, can you match it”, “I’ve been let down for tomorrow…” and “Another magician said he’d do it for £100, but we’re not too sure if we like his style” are just a few of the many different responses that many magicians get from couples who want champaign wedding entertainment on a lemonade budget.

Yes, unfortunately being let down does fall under this, because a professional doesn’t make the decision to let people down very easily. If an unlikely situation was to occur, and meant a professional wedding magician wan’t able to attend, they would at least have the decency to sort out a replacement performer (at the same or better standard). Thankfully, among professional wedding entertainers, these situations are unlikely, but unfortunately common place for cheap entertainers.

Don’t get me wrong, I completely understand everyone has to work to a budget – overspending means you don’t get to spend money elsewhere, therefore cheaper options seem more appealing… I get it!

Here’s a really important thing to consider when thinking about wedding entertainment – believe it or not, statistically speaking, entertainment is the most memorable part of any wedding!

Why would you risk it being the most memorable part of your big day for the wrong reasons?

72% of all brides that said they would have spent more time choosing their drinks reception entertainment!

Published in Bride & Groom Magazine

Almost 100% of brides said they would have spent more of their budget on the entertainment!

Published in Bride & Groom Magazine

Now we’ve established entertainment is an essential part of the wedding, it’s easy to see why cheapening out on your wedding entertainment may not be the best idea.

I want to share some insight into what I’ve witnessed first hand, through dealing with couples every day – trust me, I’ve seen and heard a lot! Some of it’s difficult to hear and quite frankly embarrassing that some other magicians (‘colleagues’) would treat people in this way, even more so on arguably the biggest day of their life!

Below are some real examples that myself and my team have had to, and unfortunately continue to deal with on a regular basis: 

You might get let down…

“My parents booked a magician some time ago, but he has let us down. My mum is very upset.”

I receive emails like this all the time… it’s terrible!

Quite often cheap magicians are not full time professional entertainers. They’re juggling the magic alongside a full time job, therefore don’t need the additional cash and won’t mind letting you down if they get a text from their mate the day before asking if they want to go to the pub.

As in the example, they don’t even bother to help try and find a replacement.

No insurance…

This is something overlooked by many.

Don’t be embarrassed to ask if they’re insured – every performer needs to have adequate insurance in place.

Most venues specifically request copies of external suppliers Public Liability Insurance certificates. If the wedding magician doesn’t have this, they won’t be able to perform at that venue, therefore you won’t be able to use their services.

Insurance can be expensive – hiring a cheap magician can sometimes be an indication that maybe they don’t have insurance.

May not be experienced…

It’s not just about showing people magic tricks – I pride myself in being able to bring groups of strangers together and showing them incredible things they wont have seen before, therefore leaving them with something in common to talk about.

Going up to a group of strangers can be daunting for someone with little experience. 

I completely understand that everyone has to start somewhere. If the wedding magician you’ve booked is looking to gain experience and you’re aware of that, then no problem at all!

Might not be very good…

As I just mentioned, if you’re happy that your wedding magician is just getting experience and you’re prepared that they may well make mistakes, that’s absolutely fine.

It takes years of practise and experience to make a performance technically good, free from mistakes, and more importantly entertaining!

Most reputable magicians will be members of The Magic Circle. There’s a strict examination process – for most magicians, this is an essential goal and a dream when starting out. It’s something we’re proud to say we’re a member of.

May not be helpful…

You might want to ask your magician if they can recommend other entertainment options. Maybe you want to have an invoice receipt for your payments. You may even want the ability to pay by debit/credit card.

Cheap magicians tend to be sloppy – their communication with you won’t be their main priority as they focus on their full time job.

They probably won’t have the facility to take card payments, or have a convenient and secure booking system. Professional wedding entertainers make processes fast, easy and convenient for you, which is something cheaper alternatives can’t offer.

 

Not very well presented…

This will all sound obvious, but you’d be very surprised!

A full time professional wedding magician prides themselves on looking good. They’ll have a clean and tidy hair cut, will have showered and smell nice and will have a nice sharply pressed suit. Having said this, there are other ‘cheaper entertainers’ that don’t spend money getting their suit dry cleaned, looking smart and smelling fresh (disgusting, right?). You don’t want that magician walking around your wedding, trust me!

As well as the above, they’ll probably be reusing the same pack of cards they’ve been using for years… cards cost a couple of quid!

 

Could be a clock-watcher…

This is something not everyone thinks about.

A cheap magician will more than likely ‘block book’ their day and take a handful of events cashing in on as much as they can.

That’s all well and good, for them, but how many weddings run to time? What if your wedding is running even slightly behind? It will more than likely have a knock on effect, and everything will be behind.

Your magician will end up leaving, because they’ve got another booking to get to, and will cut the time you’ve booked them for down. They might not even have got round to see everyone!

Professional magicians work differently.

5 Top Tips:

Whoever you decide to book, just be aware that there will always be cheaper alternatives – try not to let the price be a deciding factor.

Do your research and remember that the entertainment is what people will remember forever!

  • Read their reviews – check out what other people have to say about them
  • Check they’re insured – this is a big thing. Venues do request this as a minimum.
  • Watch them in action – watch videos of them performing, or request to meet them
  • Speak to them – call and speak to your entertainer, and build a rapport
  • Magic Circle Member – most reputable magicians will be a member of The Magic Circle in London. There’s a strict audition process, so you know they’ll be good – members will be proud to tell you!

Hire a magician? 5 reasons NOT to bother…

Hire a magician? 5 reasons NOT to bother…

No need to hire a magician, because who wants their guests to have fun at the event…

Guests making small talk, awkward atmosphere and twiddling of thumbs is all part of the event, right?

Want your guests to feel awkward?

If you hire a magician, guests will naturally spark up conversations with each other, because they’ll be entertained up close and personal and will have a mutual talking point. If you don’t mind giving guests an awkward experience, then you won’t want to hire a magician. They’ll only provide entertainment guests will remember forever.

You want the event to be boring? Don’t hire a magician…

Events can often be very similar and sometimes boring – if you want yours to follow this trend, then you don’t want a magician there to lift the atmosphere and create memories for years to come.

Awkward lul’s throughout the event…

Most events follow the same format and naturally have many lul moments throughout – if you like the awkward tension, and enjoy waiting around for ‘something’ to happen, then you definitely don’t want to hire a magician to distract from this!

You don’t want your guests to have fun?

Love hearing awkward silence? Can’t wait for the guests to make small talk? If you hire a magician to provide entertainment at your wedding, private party or corporate event, then you can be sure to hear lots of laughing, clapping and cheering. If you don’t want your guests to have fun and be in the party mood, steer clear – don’t hire a magician!

Breaking the ice and awkward tension…

Meeting people for the first time, or seeing people that you’ve not seen for a while can be daunting – making small talk and creating an awkward atmosphere for everyone. If you’re not fussed about that, then you won’t need to hire a magician. They’ll do the oposite and break the ice for guests, allowing them to relax, laugh and talk about something mutual.

Don't want your event to be boring? You NEED to hire a magician...

Still not sure you want to hire a magician for your event? Why not check out Fine Entertainments and see what other entertainment solutions are available!

Cruise Ship Entertainment

It was a childhood dream to be an entertainer onboard a ship.

I loved the idea of being away from home, performing all over the place, and waking up in a new country each day. As a child, that was exactly what I wanted to do!

I’ve been entertaining onboard ships now for the past 3 years – right now, the ship is docked in Santander, Spain, and I’m sat on Deck 9 writing this blog post (making the most of the sunshine here in Spain, I know!).

It’s always amazing to work with other talented performers. This week has seen me working with Ben Lambert – Ben’s a great guy, who I’ve worked with previously. He’s a solo singer who covers a whole range of songs in his own slick style… he always goes down a storm! Also on board, is the talented Stacey D – Stacey’s a great female vocalist, singing songs that everyone in the room knows and loves! In the piano bar, John Wandsworth has been playing lovely melodies for passengers while they have meals in the a la carte restaurant. Finally, we’ve all been managed by the wonderful Mark James… he’s this weeks entertainment manger, and has done a great job at co-ordinating the entertainment onboard the ship. Mark was also on Britain’s Got Talent in 2010, and you can see his performance here:

We’ve been on a mini-cruise starting in Portsmouth, then sailing around France (Roscoff), Spain (Santander), Ireland (Cork) and then back into England!

It’s been great fun performing to passengers over the course of the week, and watching the other act’s on stage too.

Next year will be a brand new show on board with Jay and Joss – we’re really looking forward to touring the new show throughout 2018!

Right, it’s nearly showtime, so I’m off to get ready… thanks for reading!

Holiday Parks, Weddings, Trade Shows and More!

Wow what a week! I’ve travelled the length and breadth of the country entertaining at all kinds of events this week – It’s been hard work, but I’ve enjoyed every minute of it!

The week started off with two performances at two different holiday parks in Devon and then in Cornwall. I performed my 45 minute comedy, magic and illusion show which went down a storm at both venues!

I always enjoy performing my show at the holiday parks – It’s so nice to see lots of happy spectators laughing, clapping and enjoying themselves while watching the show!

Unfortunately, these were the last two holiday park performances for this season… but I’m really looking forward to working with my partner in crime, Lewis Joss next year, when we perform our brand new show, Jay and Joss!

If you haven’t already seen the showreel, then check it out!

Be sure to keep an eye on the Jay and Joss website, as we’ll be announcing tour dates very soon! We would love as many people to see the show as possible, and it will more than likely be appearing in an area near you!

I then performed at Kelly and Mike’s Harry Potter themed wedding in Cornwall, which was an absolute delight to perform at. The whole Harry Potter theme was awesome, and having the magic entertainment throughout the drinks reception and the wedding breakfast was quite fitting!

I also performed during Natalie and James’ wedding reception in Aylesbury – it was a lovely day, and the wedding took place in a beautiful marquee surrounded by fields and greenery.

I really enjoyed adding a touch of magic to both of these special days!

After Natalie and James’ wedding, I was straight off to perform at Vicky’s 21st Birthday Party in Milton Keynes. It was great fun performing for all of her friends and family. As well as having magic, there was lots of other things going on, including a singer, lots of inflatables, a hog roast, a pop up bar, and a DJ… it was a great night!

Finally, I finished the night performing at Gary and Sues wedding anniversary in Bedford. Spirits were high, and the magic went down a storm… I didn’t want to leave at the end!

I’ve finished my busy week here in Wales, where I’m performing at a two day event at Swansea University. I’m working for a regular client to increase the footfall on their exhibition stand using magic. Day one of the event has now finished, and I’m now sat in my hotel room writing this blog! I’ve got an early start, and I’m looking forward to performing my trade show magic again tomorrow!

Thank you for taking the time to read what I’ve been up to. Please do comment below, and let me know what you think! Maybe there’s something you want to know, or something you want me to write about in my next blog!

I’ve got lots of interesting content planned for the future, and can’t wait to share it with you!

All the best, Jamie x

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Jamie x